Application and Submission Information FAQ Main Page
- Eligible Applicants
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- Skill and Competency Needs
- Leveraged Resources
- Required Capacity Building and Training Activities
- Integration with Regional Economic and Talent Development
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- Fiscal and Administrative
- Tuition and Scholarships
The SGA indicates that applicants need a DUNS number. Must strategic partners also have a DUNs number?
No. Only the applicant needs a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, access this Web site: http://www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1-866-705-5711.
Are there assigned program officers who will be available to answer questions throughout the application process?
All questions during the application process should be directed to: Melissa Abdullah, Grants Management Specialist, Division of Federal Assistance, FAX number (202) 693-2705. (This is not a toll-free number). You must specifically address your FAX to the attention of Melissa Abdullah, which should reference SGA/DFA-PY-07-01 and include a contact name, fax and phone number.
Must proposals submitted on-line through Grants.gov be sent from the eligible applicant?
Should I model the format of my technical proposal after the five criteria against which the proposal will be scored?
Although we do not have a formal format or layout for technical proposals, applicants should be aware that their applications will be evaluated on the basis of the evaluation criteria found in Parts V(A) of the SGA found at 72 Fed. Reg. 44585 (August 8, 2007): (A) statement of need; (B) linkages to key partners; (C) training and capacity building plan; (D) outcomes, benefits, and impact; (E) program management and organization capacity, and (F) integration with regional economic and talent development strategies. In addition, applicants may address the areas in the bonus point section: integration of Workforce Investment Act training funds. While proposals are scored against the evaluation criteria, these criteria are closely linked to the critical elements found in Section I(C) of the Solicitation and ETA encourages applicants to closely review the critical elements of the Solicitation and incorporate information about how their proposals responds to these elements into their applications.
We will be contributing leveraged resources to our proposed project. Where in the proposal should we reference them?
Applicants may reference leveraged resources in the budget narrative or in the technical proposal to the extent to address any rating criteria as appropriate. Please do not reference any leveraged resources on SF 424 or SF 424a.
Regarding SF 424A, are we required to fill out item numbers 1-4 with different functions/activities?
On Line 1 of SF 424A, Column (a), applicants should enter: “Community Based Job Training Grants” Column (b) asks for the CFDA number for this SGA; applicants should enter the number 17.269 for this SGA. Applicants may leave blank lines 2 through 4 of SF 424A.
Should I separate out my funding request by year on the SF 424 or SF 424A?
The amount of DOL funding requested for the entire period of performance (up to 36 months) should be shown together on the SF 424 and SF 424A Budget Information Form. Please do not show only one year of funding on your SF 424 or SF424A.
Content and Form of Application Submission
Is there any page limit to the grant application?
Yes. The Technical Proposal is limited to twenty (20) double-spaced, single-sided, 8.5 inch x 11 inch pages with 12 point text font and one-inch margins. Any pages over the 20 page limit will not be reviewed. In addition, in attachments which may not exceed ten (10) pages, the applicant may provide resumes, a list of staff positions to be funded by the grant, statistical information, general letters of support, and other related material. The required letters of commitment from partners must be submitted as additional attachments and will not count against the allowable 10-page limit on attachments. Please note that applicants should not send letters of commitment or support separately to ETA because letters are tracked through a different system and will not be attached to the application for review. Additionally, the applicant must reference grant partners by organizational name in the text of the Technical Proposal. Except for the discussion of any leveraged resource to address the evaluation criteria, no cost data or reference to prices should be included in the Technical Proposal. In addition, the following information is required:
- A one to two-page abstract summarizing the proposed project and applicant profile information including: applicant name, project title, industry focus, partnership members, proposed training and capacity building activities, funding level requested, the amount of leveraged resources, the target group(s), and a project description as described in the evaluation criteria section at Section V(A) of this solicitation. The abstract should also clearly note whether the application is being submitted under the exception detailed in Section III(C)(5) of the SGA. If the application is being submitted by a One Stop Career Center, the applicant should note that they are the One Stop Career Center operator and provide the name of the One Stop Career Center.
- A one- to three-page listing of all projected training, employment, and capacity building outcomes that includes the elements listed on 72 Fed. Reg. 44583
- A table of contents listing the application sections; and
- A one- to two-page time line outlining project activities and an anticipated schedule for deliverables.
Please note that the abstract, summary of outcomes, table of contents, and time line are not included in the Technical Proposal page limitation, but have their own page limitations, listed above. Applications that do not provide the Technical Proposal of the application may be removed from consideration prior to the technical review process.
How should I craft my timeline? For example, should I estimate that projects will start in January 2008 assuming that award notifications will be provided in the Fall 2007?
Because we do not know the exact date these grants will be awarded and executed, applicants are not expected to use specific calendar/date references (i.e., January, March 13, April 2008, etc.) in the timeline of grant activities. Instead, applicants are advised to refer to general time periods (i.e., first 3 months, x number of weeks, first year, second year, etc.).
Paneling and Review
How will technical review panels be selected?
Panelists are chosen by the Grant Officer and are a combination of federal, non-federal, and peer reviewers.
Will ETA review proposal drafts before the deadline?
Will applications be reviewed upon receipt?
No. Technical review panels will convene after the closing date of the SGA.
If we submit two proposals, will they be evaluated independently of each other?
Yes. Each proposal will be rated based on the following evaluation criteria: (1) statement of need; (2) linkages to key partners; (3) training and capacity building plan; (4) outcomes, benefits, and impact; (5) program management and organization capacity, and (6) integration with regional economic and talent development strategies, plus the one bonus point section.
Are bonus points being awarded under this Solicitation?
Yes. There is one opportunity for bonus points identified in the SGA at 72 Fed. Reg. 44587 (August 8, 2007): Integration of Workforce Investment Act funds ETA will award 5 bonus points to applications that demonstrate with evidence the integration of WIA training funds into grant activities. Examples of WIA training funds include, but are not limited to, Individual Training Accounts, customized training, and Career Advancement Accounts, as applicable. To receive 5 bonus points, applicants must provide a detailed description of the role of Workforce Investment Act training resources in the CBJTG project that includes: 1) the type of WIA training funds leveraged; 2) the dollar amount leveraged; 3) the workforce system partner involved; 4) the role of the resources in the project; and 5) the impact of the Workforce Investment Act training funds. An example of 5-point description is: “The One Stop Career Center will leverage from its WIA resources $X in ITA's for our CBJTG project The impact will be that the One Stop Career Center will assess and refer a minimum of X candidates for training and provide them with ITA's for training under the CBJTG.” This information should also be included in the letter of commitment from the workforce system partner. No bonus points will be awarded to applicants for simply stating that WIA funds will be integrated into the project. Bonus Points are awarded on an up or down basis with applicants receiving either five bonus points or zero points.